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Townhouse In Porano, Nr Orvieto, Umbria, Italy



Updated: 20-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Washing machine

About the property

House, Orvieto area, Umbria, Italy - Located in a Tranquil Town, Surrounded by Countyside and Only a 10-15 minute Drive to Orvieto

A characteristic, historic house set into the medieval walls of the once fortified village. The property is spread over 2 floors and is newly furnished this year. Porano, located in the scenic Umbrian countryside lies on a hill opposite the cliff of Orvieto, which is accessible in 10-15 minutes by car. The once village has now grown to become a small town without losing any of its original charm. The evolution has brought with it all the necessary amenities, to include a bank, post office, restaurants, bars, pasticceria, butchers and mini supermarkets. The vibrant city of Orvieto (mainly pedestrianised) sits close by on its rocky outcrop, providing the area with a wealth of shops, restaurants, cultural events and sights. Geographically, sitting in central Italy, major tourist attractions such as Rome, Florence, Todi, Siena, Arezzo, Viterbo and a host of other cities and towns in the regions of Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio are all easily accessible by either car or train.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Mandy Bell
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian, Dutch colleague to assist with Dutch language
Calendar last updated:
20 January, 2017

2 Reviews

5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

United Kingdom

beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We received a warm welcome from Paul and Ginny, the owners, who met us in the village, just outside what looked like the entrance to a castle. Walking through an archway we found ourselves in a warren of cobbled streets; a charming little village within a village.

The house itself was beautifully clean. The bedrooms were fresh and spacious, the bathroom authentically Italian with slightly mad tiles, but immaculately clean. There is plenty of seating and eating space in the living area, this is open to the kitchen. Although small, the kitchen contained everything we needed to cook for ourselves. The welcome basket of food for a simple supper and breakfast, and essentials such as tea, coffee and milk was a lovely gesture that meant we did not need to rush straight out for provisions. Porano itself is not a tourist village but it was nice for a wander and we found the village bakery for fresh bread, a coffee shop that served delicious coffee and sweet sticky pastries, and within an easy walk, the well-used local restaurant where we feasted on wonderful, authentic pizzas washed down with Peroni. We visited out of season but I can imagine that on a sunny day I could happily laze in the park or on one of the benches just outside our house overlooking the town of Orvieto itself.

Orvieto is easy to drive to from Porano. After initially feeling we were on the wrong road we discovered that there are several, three I think, different routes between the village and the town. Keep the faith and follow the signs. We spent several days just exploring the streets of Orvieto. A guide-book is useful but I would recommend simply wandering. You are perched on a hilltop with a high wall protecting you. It is impossible to get too lost. We tried a couple of restaurants recommended by Paul and Ginny. Fantastic! We had a lovely stay and we look forward to returning during the Summer months.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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authentic and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was in a lovely village and was very clean and comfortable with everything you could need for your stay. It has good access to transport links and the hosts were welcoming and there if you needed them. Would reccomend both relaxing and exploring.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


The coast and extensive beaches of both Lazio (Montalto) and Tuscany (Monte Argentario) can be reached in 1hr 20mins and 1hr 40mins respectively.

Within easy reach, 20 minutes by car, is Lake Bolsena. Considered to be one of the cleanest in Europe it is ideal for those wishing to relax on a beach, eat at one of the many lakeside restaurants or try their hand at the various water-sports available (sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and water-skiing).


International airports serving the area are Rome Fiumincino and Rome Ciampino, equidistant at approximately 150kms with a 1hr 40mins travelling time. Perugia airport, which receives direct Ryanair flights from Stanstead is approximately 80kms with a 1hr 20min travelling time.

A car is essential during your stay.

Being on the main line between Rome and Florence it is also possible to reach Orvieto by train and hire a car locally.


Local shops, restaurants / bar, Post Office and Bank are on the doorstep.

Orvieto, 10-15 minutes by car possesses a wide variety of shops, restaurants / bars, theatre, tourist office, weekly market and historical attractions. One such attraction is the magnificent Duomo, which dominates the skyline and is said to be one of the most beautiful in Italy.

The spectacular lake at Bolsena with its volcanic sandy beaches is a 20-minute drive through open countryside.

Further Details:

The ancient city of Todi sits on a hilltop between Perugia and Terni and can be reached in 40-minutes.

Perugia, to the North of Umbria is the regions largest city, accessible by car in 1hr 15mins.

The medieval walled city of Siena in Tuscany is a 1hr 20-minute drive to the North, passing Montepulciano, the highest of Tuscan hill-towns sitting at more than 600m and famous for its wine.

For greater variety, both Rome and Florence can be reached by train, taking 45mins and 2hrs respectively.

A 10-minute drive by car will bring you to both the main line train station of Orvieto and the A1 Autostrada (running the length of Italy).

Throughout the year the region excels itself in providing celebrations of food and wine. Religious festivals, music festivals (Umbrian Jazz), art festivals and street markets. Museums, art galleries and towns of architectural beauty abound. There literally is, something for everyone.

This is by no means an extensive list of places to visit or things to do, merely a sample.

Swimming pools in Orvieto - one indoor, chlorine free and 25 metres in length the other outdoor, open during the warmer months and offering sunbathing facilities. It may also be possible to use swimming pools attached to a hotel or agriturismo if you make use of their dining facilities.

Close to the A1 autostrada junction for Orvieto a new shopping complex opened towards the end of 2013 and accommodates a large Co-op supermarket.

Porano is served by a local bus route, which takes in nearby villages and towns.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Final Cleaning Charge £35

Booking Notes:
On booking a 35% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your reservation. The balance (65%) must then be paid in full, two months prior to your arrival. If your arrival date is less than two months from the point of booking, the full amount will be due for payment.

Payment accepted via bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
During our peak season (July, August, September) changeover day is Saturday. Arrival time after 14:00. Departure time by 10:00. Outside of peak season we are flexible with regard to arrival / departure days and length of stay.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in GBP (£). Additional nights / shorter stays can be arranged outside of peak season. Long-term rentals available (please contact owner for rates). Prices exclude the use of gas central heating. If the central heating is used an additional charge will be applied dependant on usage (during Winter, approximately €15 per day). A security deposit of £100 / €125 is collectable on arrival and returned on departure (pending assessment of any damage).

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Property Type

  • house


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bath with shower screen and shower. Wash-basin with storage cupboard below and vanity unit above. WC and bidet. Tall storage rack.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, chest of drawers, large wardrobe and full-length mirror. Bedroom 2 contains 2 single beds (which can be placed together to form a double), a chest of drawers and a reading lamp.


  • Golf ...


  • Notes on accommodation: On arrival you will be greeted by the owners, who will help you settle in and answer any questions you may have. A welcome basket is provided Oven / Hob, Fridge Freezer, Washing Machine, Kettle, Toaster Iron, Ironing Board, Clothes Drier, Hair Drier, TV, Blu-ray / DVD Player, Small Hi-fi, iPod Docking Station Central Heating, Double Glazing No smoking, no pets allowed Extra charge for central heating during period October to May (or when used) Ample free parking is available at less than a 2 minute walk from the property A stones throw from the property is a tranquil and spacious park, which is attached to the stunning Villa Paolina. See an ariel video of the Villa and Porano using the following address http://laperegina.it/video/villa-paolina-a-porano-aperex-aerial Outside: A small private breakfast / dining area is available. Additionally, the public traffic free piazza can also be used. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed weekly. The property is cleaned prior to each letting. More frequent cleaning (e.g. for a longer let) can be provided at an additional cost. Other: The entrance hall provides storage for coats, jackets and shoes. The old stone walls of the house, which in parts are 1 metre thick, are designed for the Umbrian climate, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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